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COMPANIES: Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team Newsletter, 7-27-01; APG Newsletter: 5-02, 7-02 & 9-02; ArctiGas NEB PIP Filing Background; NRGPC Newsletter: Fall-02;  4-02 ArctiGas Reduces Field Work; BP's Natural Gas Page; Enbridge Perspective; Foothills Perspective; Williams Perspective; YPC Perspective, 7-02

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Northern Gas Pipelines: Please scroll down for August 2001 News

8/31:  WRIGLEY, N.W.T. - Thursday night, Deh Cho delegates at a special assembly here withheld support for a pipeline project. (Look for a more complete report here this U.S. Labor Day Weekend; the implications of Deh Cho action are far-reaching; also, review earlier reports this week, below, and substantial archive reports.)     

ALASKA’S GOVERNOR TAKES ACTIONNorthern Gas Pipelines readers will recall that the governor’s pipeline advisory council members and a joint pipeline legislative committee have been concerned with the rapid movement of events. 

At the Council’s August 2 Juneau meeting, member Charlie Cole observed that the Council should, “…do a little more than simply alerting the Governor….”  Member Ken Thompson recommended that one action step the Council could take would be to give input by a certain date.  “I am planning to write the Senate Energy Committee myself….” Cole concluded that, “If we want to see the route follow the highway we should not be sanguine about legislation…  At an August 13 meeting in Anchorage, members agreed on the importance of providing the Governor with a matrix covering principles the Administration should pursue.  The Alaska State Legislature's Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines has expressed similar concerns.  Focus of the legislative committee and governor’s council presently, seems to be the fact that Senate Energy Committee proceedings could take up the President’s energy bill in September, already passed by the House.  The two primary issues of interest to Alaska in that bill are ANWR and possible gas pipeline amendments.  The draft of amendments has been extensively covered here, and may be downloaded from the column on your left. 

Yesterday, Governor Tony Knowles (Photo: Governor Knowles confers with executive assistant, Mike Abbott, at IOGCC conference, 5/14/01)  acted on this concern, outlining a 10-point plan to boost gasline development through federal legislation.  That proposal (provided by Bob King in the Governor's office) includes mandating the Alaska Highway route inaagovmike1-5-14-011.png national legislation, providing tax incentives to make the project economic, expanding opportunities for new companies that might be interested in gas development and providing provisions for Alaska and Native hire and access to gas by Alaska communities.  "Alaska is perfectly positioned to supply the nation with affordable, environmentally sound energy and be a shot in the arm to the sagging national economy like nothing else on the horizon," Knowles said in a speech before the Resource Development Council (See Anchorage Daily News story, here).  PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR TEN POINTS AND BALANCE OF EXTENDED STORY.

8/30:  ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, Fairbanks, AP -- Oil companies evaluating whether a natural gasken konrad cmyk1.png pipeline should be built from the North Slope to the Lower 48 have not yet found a project that pencils out, a BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. executive said this week. "We're really at our peak period right now in terms of the studies," BP Vice President Ken Konrad (Photo) told a Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce audience Tuesday. ...  Konrad noted that natural gas prices, which crested at an all-time high of $10.50 per million British thermal units in December due to low inventory and high demand, are now down to around $2.46. (SEE TODAY'S PRICES BELOW)  "As we've seen in the past 18 months the laws of supply and demand cannot be repealed," Konrad said. "It's simply a reminder that we do need to have a cost-effective project." ... Another factor in the evaluation of whether a project can work, Konrad said, is the companies' proposed federal legislation, which they say would provide needed regulatory certainties. ... Konrad said the draft bill is route-neutral because companies are still studying both routes. "I think we need to do a better job of educating folks about what the legislation does and does not do," he said. ... That route is about 200 miles shorter than the Alaska Highway option, and Konrad has stated that it appears more cost-efficient. ...  Alaska lawmakers say the offshore line would be a legal and permitting nightmare and would hamper Alaska's potential for in-state gas use and pipeline employment opportunities. ... Konrad said the companies are obligated to study more than one route in order to meet regulatory and economic demands.        *       WRIGLEY, N.W.T. - As the clock ticks down to the end of their assembly, two Deh Cho communities are signaling they're not ready to decide on a deal to build a pipeline through their territory. Now it looks as if the special assembly on the pipeline could wind up without decision.   ...   Dennis Deneron is chief of the tiny community of Trout Lake.  "We're not ready for this kind of project but we're trying to stand behind the Deh Cho region as a whole," he says.  The leader of Jean Marie River has also said he's finding it hard to come to any decision.  But the head of Arctic Resources Corporation told the   assembly north slope producers are in a hurry to get their gas to market. Forrest Hoglund says can't wait the five years Deh Cho leaders may ask for.  "We have to convince the producers that you are ready to do this. You cannot wait a long period of time, you can't wait five years," he said.  (Note: See 'History' pages and yesterday's CBC story, below.  The Deh Cho faced a number of uncertainties at this week's meeting.  The Aboriginal Pipeline Group {APG} is close to agreement with Mackenzie producers on a 30% equity arrangement for the Delta only line, but some of the aboriginal constituencies involved are not in agreement.  Hoglund' s {Arctic Resources Corp., ARC} concept would use debt financing to provide an attractive 100% aboriginal ownership package, but does not have support from Canadian or U.S. producers.  Once political commitment is made to a Delta-only line, the economies of scale of the larger project could be found superior.  On the other hand, if commitment is given now to the ARC project, supporters know that environmental and Alaska governmental leaders will oppose it while a Congressional ban of that route is also being proposed.  If the Deh Cho do not arrive at a decision this week it will not be for lack of diligence or indecision; it will be due to the complex variables and unknowns which caution prudence by all stakeholders.  -dh)         *     CBS Marketwatch--September natural gas dropped to an intraday low at $2.25 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its lowest level since at least early April 1999. It closed at $2.295 per million British thermal units, down 12 cents. October natural gas, which became to the lead-month contract at the day's close, fell by 5 cents to $2.393. The American Gas Association reported that natural gas supplies rose 76 billion cubic feet during the week ended Aug. 24. Total inventories now stand at 2,495 billion cubic feet, that's more than 16 percent above the year-ago level of 2,144 billion cubic feet, according to the AGA.

 8/29:  WRIGLEY, N.W.T., CBC - The Deh Cho first nations are holding a special pipeline assembly in Wrigley this week. The leaders of ten communities were supposed to meet in the community to decide which pipeline ownership proposal to support, or whether to support one at all. However, only four communities have delegates at the assembly. ...  "My only message is that we try to keep it simple these three days but it could be challenging because this is quite a gigantic issue that we're confronted with," Grand Chief Mike Nadli said in his welcoming speech to delegates. ... The Aboriginal Pipeline Group is offering one third ownership in a pipeline project, in a deal worked out with the Mackenzie Delta gas producers. The proposal from Arctic Gas Resources Corporation calls for 100% aboriginal ownership.  (This may be a week of decision for Deh Cho: 30% aboriginal ownership of a Delta line, opposed by other aboriginal constituencies, or 100% aboriginal ownership of ARC's joint project concept, yet to be endorsed by Canadian or U.S. gas producers.  -dh)     *     FROM THE DEH CHO DEBATES, CBC, Wrigley, N.W.T.:  "You can join in the most economic, best political and best environmental pipeline. No investment would be required," Arctic Resources head Forrest Hoglund told the assembly.  Hoglund is offering 100 per cent aboriginal ownership of the line, through debt financing. He says once the gas starts to flow, the owners could earn up to $100 million a year.  The problem is that Arctic Resources doesn't have any natural gas to put in the line.  However, the Mackenzie Delta Producers' Group does. The Producers have offered the aboriginal pipeline group one-third ownership of a stand-alone Mackenzie Valley pipeline. That agreement has been endorsed by all regions except the Deh Cho.  Harry Deneron, co-chair of the aboriginal pipeline group, tailored his pitch to delegates who are hunters and trappers.  "I believe it's still possible to have a pipeline behind your backyard and still enjoy the land like I always did," he says.  


8/28:  ANCHORAGE - Sen. John Torgerson has invited top Government officials from northwest Canadian provinces and territories to join the Alaska Legislature in an international working group ... SEE FULL STORY HERE.

8/27:  TODAY MARKS ANOTHER MILEPOST FOR NORTHERN GAS PIPELINES: after three months of hard work, we hope you will consider this a more user-friendly website!  Please bear with us as we proceed to fix scores of broken links.  As always, send us your suggestions for improvement and news tips.   In the flurry of activity, don't miss our weekend report, below.   -dh       *     Henry Hub Gas Prices: August 24, $2.77; August 17, 3.23.         *     Last Friday, members of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines completed the fifth day of their western Canada tour, meeting with government and industry officials in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Alberta and British Columbia.  As reports come in, we will provide them to you.  This is the first:  Northern News Services, YELLOWKNIFE, by  Mike W. Bryant-Twenty pounds of King Crab legs ministerjoehandley.jpgand a sense of goodwill were not enough to bridge the gulf between Alaska and NWT politicians over gas pipeline routes. A dozen Alaska state senators and House representatives met with Finance and Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development Minister Joe Handley (Photo-left) Tuesday to try and iron out differences over pipeline routes.  …  “Their preference is the Alaskan pipeline, because it's to their advantage," said Handley at a reception held at the Legislative Assembly Building to welcome the Alaskan delegation. "That's a point we agree to disagree on, but the world doesn't begin and end with pipelines. Oursenator torgerson.jpg priority is to get the Mackenzie Valley pipeline built. The over-the-top route would be just an added benefit." The leading argument championed by Handley is that the Mackenzie Valley route would likely be significantly cheaper to build….  Handley had also stated earlier that if Alaska carries through with its plan, it may be in violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a point supported by Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Stephane Dion in his meeting with Premier Stephen Kakfwi on Monday. … "Where's our jobs, what's in it for our people?" said (Alaska Senator John) Torgerson (Photo-right), when asked why his government was opposed to an over-the-top route.  "We have several industries interested in building plants. Anchorage is a very large centre and we need gas."   A possible scenario, providing the move by the Alaskan government is not defeated through the Free Trade Agreement, would be two pipelines being built.  Premier Kakfwi has told the federal government to expect a proposal for a Mackenzie pipeline before the year is out, but producers' group spokesperson Hart Searle said their plans are still on hold….

 8/25-26 (Weekend):   ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS--Columnist/economist David Reaume says, "There really is such a thing as a window of opportunity. If the state of Alaska chooses to hold out for an Alaska pipeline alternative, Alaskans may be left with nothing. The Department of Natural Resources is letting a contract to a private consulting firm to study the alternatives once again. If the answers come out the way they have in the past, Alaska's leaders will have no responsible option other than supporting the Mackenzie Delta route. That is why these leaders need to keep their powder dry."       *      ANCHORAGE--On Friday, Senator Frank Murkowski clarified status of Senate actions affecting resolution of gas pipeline and ANWR issues.  Early in the day, he told Northern Gassenatorm3.png Pipelines that decisions had not been made on a new legislation draft for expediting approval of a northern gas pipeline application (Click in the left margin for a copy).  “I don’t think you make that decision now,” he said.  ‘We’ve asked the gas producers for a year to present draft legislation for consideration which would expedite construction of a project and provide for a coordinating office. The draft we now have goes farther than we anticipated but that is not surprising as it establishes a starting position and provides leverage for negotiations.”  We have not and do not intend to introduce this draft legislation, Murkowski said.  What we will do is take the proposals and hold open hearing--an open forum--in Washington and perhaps Alaska and we expect to have input from the state Administration, the Legislature, Foothills and many other interested parties.  Alternatives for introducing portions of the draft and new input from the state and others could include amendment of the House version of the Energy Act by the Senate Energy Committee or including modifications when the bill reaches the Conference Committee.  The pipeline project has to be in the best interests of Alaska and the senatorm9kenicrop.pnggas producers and other parties know this.       *     At noon, Murkowski addressed Commonwealth North (CWN) members, updating them on many Senate issues.  Sharing the head table with former Governor Walter J. Hickel, Murkowski said a gas pipeline provided the potential for “envisioning a transportation right-of-way…,” that could accommodate a fiber optic cable and possibly a railroad.  He congratulated Congressman Don Young and those who worked with him to secure passage in the House version of the Energy Act an ANWR provision.  While ANWR has been a Republican-Democrat issue in the past, he said, “…that has changed.  We are pleased to see the Operating Engineers joining the teamsters and others to increase their support for the President’s energy bill.”  He said the Senate is currently a few votes short and there is the potential of a filibuster.  But the Senate leadership will have to consider growing support for ANWR based on job impact.  “There’s never been a better time and the House version has a positive dimension: a limitation of a 2,000 acre development footprint.  In answer to questions, he acknowledged some west coast leaders did not yet support reasonable ANWR development.  He expressed hope for western Congressional support in view of a growing recognition that virtually all of Alaska's oil moves to west coast consumers and that opposing modest ANWR development supports jobs and less environmentally secure oil development elsewhere in the world.  -dh   *     CWN Chair Nancy Usera (Photo-below, with Senator Frank Murkowski) announced Friday that the “Commercialization of Alaska North Slope Gas Study Group” had produced an interim report for Board consideration and that the final report could be released soon.     *     PRESIDENT MAY VISIT ALASKA—In his Commonwealth North presentation in Anchorage last Friday, U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski said that President George Bush may visit Alaska in mid-October.       *       CBC, EDMONTON - Deputy Premier Shirley McLellan says Alberta won't accept any federal grab of the province's resource revenues.  CBC, CALGARY - Longtime Alberta Liberal Nick Taylor says he is unaware of any federal plans to siphon more money from Alberta.

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8/24:  U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski updated Commonwealth North (CWN) members in Anchorage today on current status of ANWR and a gas pipeline legislation draft scheduled for possible action in September.  (Photo-right: Murkowski with CWN Chair Nancy Usera and Alaska Export Council's Chuck Webber.  Complete report follows, this week-end)      *      EDMONTON JOURNAL, By Ed Struzik--The Mackenzie is the longest river in Canada, passing through one of the few great unspoiled areas of the world. It is also home and a source of traditional livelihood for the few thousand aboriginal people who live along its banks.  …  Twenty-five years ago, many of the people living along the Mackenzie Valley vowed to lay down their lives to stop these kinds of proposed developments. Now most have changed their minds.   With as much as 64 trillion cubic metres of gas to be found, a consortium of Canadian companies working with an aboriginal pipeline group is looking at the feasibility of building a $3-billion natural gas pipeline from the delta south to northern Alberta.      *     CBC--EDMONTON - Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appeared to drill into a nerve in Alberta Thursday when he suggested the province share more of its energy wealth.      *     WESTERN CANADA-- Last night members of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines completed the fourth day of their western Canada tour, meeting with Alberta's elected and appointed leadership and industry leaders (See schedule on daily reports below.)  They then flew to Vancouver where this morning they're scheduled to be received by the Ministry of International and Intergovernmental Relations.  At the World Trade Center, they'll meet Premier Gordon Campbell (Photo, upper left) and Andrew Wilkinson, Deputy Minister of the department.  After discussing various issues with representatives of premier Campbell's government, including gas pipeline matters, they're scheduled to return to Alaska by way of Seattle.  (Reports to follow)   *     The Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council met in Valdez today (See below for agenda; report to follow)     *     Andrew Lundquist-Executive Director, National Energy Policy Development Group-Alliance Annual Meeting, 9/12/01, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 907.563.2226

8/23:  EDMONTON:  Yesterday, members of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines completed the third day of their Western Canada trip, touring the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife and having private meetings before flying here.  Today, they will participate in an Alberta energy roundtable discussion with MLA  Mike Cardinal, Minister of Sustainable Resource Development;  MLA Murray Smith, Minister of Energy; MLA Halver Jonson, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations;  Wayne Knight (Alberta's Rep. to Energy Council) and Wayne Clifford, Deputy Minister, International Relations.  They'll enjoy a working lunch at the University of Alberta with Chancellors Independent Liaison to discuss research, development and training for oil and gas support technicians (members of the Alberta's Cabinet and MLA's will also be present).  This afternoon they're scheduled for an economic development discussion with private industry leaders and government officials.  The group will drive to Fort Edmonton Park for dinner with Premier Ralph Klein, Ministers Cardinal, Murray, Pearl Calahasen (whom we've had the pleasure of seeing in Anchorage), Deputy Premier McClellan and industry leaders.  Tomorrow: British Columbia.     *     VALDEZ:    Chaired by Jim Sampson (photo-left, visiting Phillips' LNG facility in Kenai, 5-17-01), the Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council meets today in Valdez at the Convention and Civic Center. bangtl.png jimlng.pngThey'll hear Dick Peterson (Photo-right) describe his Alaska Gas-To-Liquids project and BP's Shane O'Leary (See 8/17 story below) describe his company's Kenai GTL project, under construction.  Dave Dengel will speak for the Alaska Gasline Port Authority, LNG project.  (Reports follow; also, see our LNG and GTL pages.)  The Council has already held public hearings in Fairbanks, Kenai, Tok, Barrow, Juneau and Anchorage.  The next scheduled council meeting is September 17 in Anchorage.     *     ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, by Sarana Schell – (GTL has more potential for northern stranded gas reserves than is commonly believed.  See our GTL Page) The possibility of turning Alaska's vast natural gas reserves into ultra clean-burning fuel for diesel engines got a boost recently when the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $16 million research grant to a subsidiary of Koniag Inc., the Native corporation for the Kodiak region. Integrated Concepts & Research Corp., the Koniag subsidiary, and ICRC's partners will match the grant, so the project will total $32 million. ICRC has partnered with Syntroleum, Marathon Oil, the University of Alaska, the U.S. Park Service, DaimlerChrysler, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and economic consultants A.D. Little for the DOE-funded research.     *     INUVIK, NWT - More Gwich'in will have the opportunity to get jobs with a newly formed oil and gas company, Gwich'in Ensign Oilfield Services.     *     NATIONAL POST--Robert Zoellick, the U.S. Trade Representative, said the Bush administration is acting within its trade laws by protecting U.S. interests from subsidized Canadian softwood.  Earlier this year, Mr. Bush outlined an energy policy that promised increased exploration in the North American oil patch -- including Canadian fields -- and appointed Dick Cheney, his Vice-President, to explore means to deal with a looming U.S. energy crisis.  In addition, the U.S. Congress has spent hours debating methods of shipping Alaskan and Mackenzie Delta gas to U.S. markets through Canadian pipelines.  After a meeting with Mr. Chrétien in Edmonton yesterday, Ralph Klein, the Alberta Premier, said any linkage between trade in lumber and oil and gas "would have a disastrous effect" on the province's economy.  "If the National Energy Board were to intervene and stop pipeline development ... it would deny Alberta the opportunity to feed into that network. It would have very significant financial impact," he said.

8/22:  ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, Fairbanks, AP -- A delegation of Alaska lawmakers is touring Western Canada to talk with Canadian government leaders about a proposed natural gas pipeline.   The trip, which began Monday, comes on the heels of a consultant's warning that Alaskans should work more cooperatively with the Canadians or risk losing the proposed project altogether. … Ed Small, a state-hired consultant with Cambridge Energy Research Associates, advised the legislative pipeline committee last month that Alaska should take a conciliatory stance in talks with the Canadians. Discord could kill the proposed project, he said.      *      Northern News Services, by Mike W. Bryant, Yellowknife (Aug 22/01) - …  Premier Stephen Kakfwi (Photo) met with Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and Prime Minister Jean premier kakfwi2Chretien, … to discuss ways to ensure the Mackenzie Valley pipeline gets rolling ….    Both Chretien and Dion were insistent that no deal could be reached until oil and gas producers are on board and applications for development are submitted.  …  "The premier is very optimistic that before the end of the year the producers will come up with a proposal for the Mackenzie Valley," Dion announced on Monday.  "It is very important because the National Energy Board will have to review the proposal, and if there is no proposal they will not have any review, and not any decision to make about it."  For his part, Chretien reiterated the need to act quickly….  "I want to make sure the natural gas of the Delta gets access to the markets," the prime minister said. …  Before any development takes place, however, the federal and territorial governments will have to coddle some NWT aboriginal groups who have since soured on building a pipeline after signing an agreement in January 2000.  Land claim agreements, particularly with the Deh Cho, remain unsettled -- a process that could take another four years or more.  It is a point of contention the premier said he sees all too clearly.  "A year and a half later, some of them have lost confidence," said Kakfwi.  "In my view it's because there's not enough significant indications from my government and the federal government that they're prepared to support the communities and the regions to get ready. If you're not ready, you lose confidence."       SEE CBC REPORT ON ABOVE MEETING    *        WESTERN CANADA--Yesterday, members of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines completed the second day of their Western Canada trip, visiting the Northwest Territories.  They toured the Arslanian diamond processing facility, guided by Ross Bowring, NWT Housing Authority    They Met with Minister Joseph Handley to discuss NWT economic overview, oil & gas development,  Alaska/NWT trade opportunities and future cooperation.  Doug Cardinal of the Aboriginal Pipeline Group briefed them on the Mackenzie Delta/Aboriginal joint ownership plan for a pipeline tapping Canadian reserves.  Last night Minister Handley hosted a reception in the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly attended by local community, business and Aboriginal leaders as well as government officials including Commissioner Glenna Hansen and Speaker Tony Whitford.  Yesterday, they visited Premier Pat Duncan in Whitehorse, also conferring with MLA Scott Kent, Minister of Economic Development, Department of Economic Development representative, Janet Moody, and Greg Komaromi, Director of Oil & Gas Business Development.  Tomorrow the group will meet privately with NWT officials and depart for Edmonton in the early evening.  Touring members and guests include: Sen. John Torgerson (Chairman), Rep. Joe Green (R-Anchorage), vice-chairman, Sen. Robin Taylor (R-Wrangell), Sen. Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage), Sen. Donny Olson (D-Nome), Rep. Scott Ogan (R-Wasilla), Rep. John Davies (D-Fairbanks), Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Kenai), Rep. Hugh Fate (R-North Pole), Rep. Reggie Joule (D-Kotzebue), Charles Brower, vice-president of marketing, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Bill Stamps, President, The Alaska Support Industry Alliance, a 35,000 member oil & gas industry advocacy groupDavid Gray, staff to Senator Donald C. Olson and Protocol Mission, Ronda Thompson, Special Assistant on International Trade Policy, Press Secretary,   (Photo Below-Torgerson, right, and Green at 8/17-18 meeting in Anchorage).       *       WHITEHORSE STAR, Political Pipeline Alliance Forming, by Jason Small-- …During a 90-minute kentspeaking.pngmeeting yesterday with a group of Alaskan legislators led by state Senator John Torgerson (Photo-right)..SEE FULL STORY HERE....



8/21:  Today, Northern Gas Pipelines provides a report of  Chairman Bill Corbus' 8/13 meeting of his "State Pipeline corbus8-13-01crop.pngOwnership and Tax Structure Committee" of the Alaska Highway Natural Gas Pipeline Policy Council, in Anchorage.  Several issues, treated individually, would rate newspaper headlines.  Please review     



8/20:  WESTERN CANADA--Today, members of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines begin their Western Canada trip.  They will be meeting with local government representatives to discuss natural gas pipeline issues.  Members and7-17-01chairmen2crop.png guests include: Sen. John Torgerson, Rep. Joe Green (R-Anchorage), vice-chair of the committee, Sen. Robin Taylor (R-Wrangell), Sen. Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage), Sen. Donny Olson (D-Nome), Rep. Scott Ogan (R-Wasilla), Rep. John Davies (D-Fairbanks), Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Kenai), Rep. Hugh Fate (R-North Pole), Rep. Reggie Joule (D-Kotzebue), Al Adams, government affairs director, North Slope and Northwestern Arctic Boroughs, Charles Brower, vice-president of marketing, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.  (Photo-Torgerson, right, and Green at 8/17-18 meeting in Anchorage).        *       Northern News Services, by Malcolm Gorrill, Inuvik-- About 20 people attended a community meeting last week at Ingamo Hall to hear about proposed seismic surveys this winter in the Mackenzie Delta. Meetings were also held in Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik.  John Duckett, senior engineer with AEC West Ltd., spoke on his company's plans to do three seismic programs. A 3D and a 2D program are proposed for Burnt Lake, with a 2D program scheduled for Iomatkotak, southeast of Kugmallit Bay. ... Anadarko Canada Corp. plans to conduct a 2D Immerk seismic program, extending across the northern portion of the Kendall Island Bird Sanctuary. Frontier operations manager Rob Jefferies said Anadarko is aiming to start in late February or early March 2002.      *       WHITEHORSE STAR, By Stephanie Waddell--Citizen Don McKenzie is planning a rally and petition drive to demonstrate Yukon Territory support for the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation system (ANGTS).    *       Houston Chronicle by Anthony DePalma, NYT--Canada's constitution makes Klein a kingpin of Canadian energy. Provinces, not the federal government in Ottawa, control most natural resources. And Alberta has most of Canada's energy resources.  "We would intervene," (Premier Ralph Klein)... said in an interview. For instance, he said, he wants any natural gas pipeline from Alaska that passes through his province to give local refineries the chance to strip away some byproducts used to make petrochemicals. That may be, he acknowledged, "a self-serving interest," but one on which he would never give an inch. *       New York Times by Timothy Egan-- ... Ms. Norton says she has yet to build her legacy because she has been waiting to put her top political appointees in place. Now that she has named J. Steven Griles, a former lobbyist for mining and chemical interests, as the No. 2 person at Interior, Camden Toohey, a lobbyist for Arctic oil drilling, as her top official in charge of Alaska, and Ms. Kimball, a lobbyist for Western business issues, as her chief aide in the West, Ms. Norton is ready to go.....    

8/18-19 (Weekend):  Upcoming gas pipeline related events:  9/24-25, Houston, The Canadian Institute and American Conference Institute Energy Group present the ARCTIC GAS SYMPOSIUM …Tapping into Natural Gas Production and Infrastructure Opportunities in the Alaska North Slope, Mackenzie Delta and Beaufort Seaarcticgassymposium.jpg Regions.  Conference highlights:  The question of the decade - could an initial pipeline route be announced by year-end? Natural gas and liquids development in Alaska.  Gas offtake from the North Slope fields: what can be expected? Where will gas likely enter the Lower 48, where will the volumes go, and what could this mean for existing dynamics? How Aboriginal communities would like to see the Arctic energy industry develop. Current projects in Canada's Arctic: perspectives of both a large cap and a junior Producer.  The challenges faced by engineering, construction and drilling firms in the Arctic's unique operating environment.  Will the financial markets reward you with a higher multiple than your peers for seeking out growth through Arctic development?  Participants include many familiar names:  CONFERENCE CHAIRS-Judy Brady, Executive Director, Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA); Wayne Andrews, Senior Analyst, Vice President, Exploration & Production, Raymond James & Associates.  KEYNOTE SPEAKERS-The Honourable Pat Duncan, Premier of the Yukon; The Honourable Stephen Kakfwi, Premier of the Northwest Territories.  SPEAKERS-Dr. Thomas Kitsos, Deputy Director, Minerals Management Service, US Department of the Interior; Robbie Schilhab, Alaska Gas Development Manager, ExxonMobil Production Company (Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team); Corry Woolington, Land Manager-Alaska, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.; Robert Purgason, Vice President, Hydrocarbon Development, Williams; Grand Chief Ed Schultz, Council of Yukon First Nations; Jacob Adams, Chair & President, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation; Michael Scott, Vice President, Northern Development, BP (Canada) Energy Company Ltd.; Marty Cheyne, President & Chief Executive Officer, Devlan Exploration; William (Bill) Cheek, Chief Executive Officer Natchiq, Inc.; Nick Campbell, Manager of Alliances, Partner, Colt Engineering Corporation; John R. Dosher, Senior Vice President, The Pace Consultants Inc.; Forrest E. Hoglund, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Arctic Resources Inc.; Wayne Sartore, Vice President, Northern Pipeline Development, Enbridge Inc.; Cuba Wadlington Jr., Executive Vice President, Williams, President & CEO, Williams Gas Pipeline; Robert Hunt, Senior Vice President, Akita Drilling Ltd.; Roland George, Principal, Purvin & Gertz, Inc.; Jim Denny, President, Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc.; Jeff Bigger, Business Development Manager, Syntroleum Corporation; Jeff B. Lowenfels, President & CEO, Yukon Pacific Corporation; Matt Janisch, Managing Director, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.; Wayne Andrews, Senior Analyst, Vice President, Exploration & Production, Raymond James & Associates     *     September 5 - 6, 2001, Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference, Fort McMurray, Alberta.        *        October 2-3 Pacific Norwest Strategies Conference, Portland, Oregon.          *        October 10-12, 2001 The Fourth Monetizing Stranded Gas Reserves, Omni Interlocken Resort in Denver, Colorado.     *        March 4 - 5, 2002 - North American Natural Gas Conference and Calgary GasExpo 2002, Telus Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta.

8/17:  Northern Gas Pipelines alerted readers on 8/4-5 that improved GTL technology would grow quickly in prominence


NIKISKI--A state of-the-art power generation system designed to increase electrical efficiency and reduce emissions will be demonstrated at BP's gas-to-liquids (GTL) test facility.  The technology could have far-reaching implications for power  generation in remote areas like villages in rural Alaska.  The U.S. Department of Energy is providing funding assistance with a $2 million grant requested by U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (Photo, below).  Chugach Electric Association also secured and will administer a $450,000 grant from the Cooperative Research Network of the national Rural Electric Cooperative Association.  The fuel cell will be connected to the local electrical grid operated by Homer Electric Association to study operating characteristics and costs.   

BP will install a Siemens Westinghouse "solid oxide fuel cell" unit that will convert natural gas directly into electricity through an electrochemical process similar to that used in a battery.  With few moving parts, it runs quietly, and it significantly reduces air pollution.  The $6.5 million project will begin operating by mid-2003.  "This technology isn't commercial today, but we believe it has tremendous potential, both for BP and for the State of Alaska, and this project will help to accelerate commercialization," said Shane O'Leary, BP's GTL program manager (Photo, right-5-17 escorting Governor's Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Policy Council on tour).  "It may be very attractive for future use in remote and environmentally sensitive locations like offshore oil and gas platforms, as well as areas of rural Alaska that rely on diesel fuel for power... (full story here).

8/16:  FAIRBANKS--(JOINT COMMITTEE ON GAS PIPELINES, 2nd day of meetings yesterday.   See the Committee's 8/14 news release and yesterday's release and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; Northern Gasated8-14-01smilecrop.png Pipelines is preparing a more detailed, unofficial report for readers.) U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (Photo taken 8/15 evening in Anchorage) visited the Committee at the end of their hearings last evening.  “Don Young has done the impossible again,” he said, “with respect to getting an ANWR provision in the Energy Act, thanks to help from organized labor.”  He said that some key Senate leaders oppose the ANWR provision.  With major bills awaiting action, he observed that under Senate procedures the Energy Act may not see action this session.  Asked about some Senators threatening to filibuster an ANWR provision in the Energy Act, Stevens said, “Well, I’ll filibuster if it’s not in the bill.”  Stevens said he’d not studied the producer-recommended, gas pipeline legislation in detail (To obtain your copy, see 8/9 report below), was concerned about it but reflected confidence that it wouldn’t go forward without support of the Alaska Senators.  He added that if a route through the State were not economic now, he thought Alaskans would be content to wait until an acceptable route were economic.  In response to Chairman John Torgerson’s questioning, Stevens said that tax legislation aimed a creating an ‘escape hatch’ for producers in the event the price of gas dropped below a certain ‘floor’ might receive favorable consideration.  He added that such language could be viewed suspiciously by Lower 48 companies though and should, “…be worked out in conjunction with the gas industry as a whole.”  At conclusion of yesterday's meeting, the committee decided to meet on September 19 to seek consensus on producer legislation, exploring provisions line by line with help from the producers, Foothills, the State administration and other experts.    (Note: Washington representatives have earlier told the Governor's Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council that Senate Energy Committee staff would be working on the Energy Act this month and that the full committee would be reviewing the Energy package in September.  Watch for increasing concern about Alaska having time to prepare a unified position before the Senate Energy Committee acts.  -dh)        *        WHITEHORSE STAR--Alaska’s Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines will be in Whitehorse on Monday, led by the state senator who pushed the bill making a Beaufort Sea pipeline illegal. ...   Meanwhile, Curtis Thayer, the spokesman for the Alaska producers, said today it’s still the intent of the producers to have a decision on feasibility and route selection by year’s end.      *     Members of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines will visit Western Canada to meet with local government representatives there to discuss the issues surrounding bringing natural gas from the northern coastlines of Alaska and Canada to market.     *     WASHINGTON, (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Teamsters president James Hoffa says his union's support of President George W. Bush's plan to drill for oil in an Alaskan wildlife refuge is not creating a rift with Democrats.


8/15:  JOINT COMMITTEE ON GAS PIPELINES, 2nd day of meetings today.   See the Committee's news release about yesterday's meeting; Northern Gas Pipelines will have a more detailed, unofficial report for readers.        *          See the TAPS EIS 8-14 taps newsletter.gifRenewal, August Newsletter.   Houston Chronicle, by David Ivanovitch, WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Tuesday named Pat Wood, the architect of Texas' electric deregulation plan, to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.        *        atedwallydenniscrop.png Last night in Anchorage, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert told friends of Senator Ted Stevens that Alaska has " extraordinary team..." representing it in the Congress.  He said that the Alaska delegation provided a strong element of support for President Bush's initiatives to improve U.S. trade, energy and economic policies.  "If we don't have energy we don't have an economy," Hastert said (Photo-Hastert between former Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel-r, and Stevens).   Inuvik, Northern News Services by Kevin Wilson--Inuvik is booming as oil and gas exploration heats up again in the Beaufort Delta. Available housing has dried up as the population has grown, companies have converted some units into staff housing, and other units have been converted into hotel-type suites.

8/14:  JOINT COMMITTEE ON GAS PIPELINES meets in Fairbanks, August 14-15: Senator John Torgerson, Chair; Representative Joe Green, Vice-Chair .  Presentations include Department of Revenue: State's role in gas pipeline financing; Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: permits, orders, findings and oil recovery; Department of Law: legal questions; Legislative Counsel: legal questions; Joint Pipeline Office: Memoranda of Understanding; Congressional report; John Katz, Special Counsel to the Governor: Canadian position and US Legislation; Robert Loeffler: FERC, tariff, regulatory issues; FERC questions; Alaska Regulatory Commission: authority of FERC/ARC; Natural Gas Policy Council update; Department of Revenue: tax issues; Cambridge Energy: market conditions; Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids Co. overview; Producer analysis; Foothills Pipe Lines, Ltd. analysis.  Northern Gas Pipelines is monitoring the meeting and will produce a report.          *            Fort St. John, B.C. - Work on a Petro-Canada pipeline in northeast B.C. is being blocked by a native band.         *       Yesterday's Gas Council report should be ready for your review tomorrow.  (See 8/13 below).     *     

dawsonaerial.jpgDawson City, Yukon (Photo), CBC--Up to 200 people are expected for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce meeting next month.  (Expect gas pipeline issues to permeate the discussions.) 

8/13:  Today, Chairman Bill Corbus (Photo-8/13 meeting) is meeting with his "State Pipeline corbus8-13-01crop.pngOwnership and Tax Structure Committee" of the Alaska Highway Natural Gas Pipeline Policy Council, in Anchorage (Our meeting report is scheduled for release here, tomorrow, covering: investment, financing, tax structure, TAPS profitability, producers' perspective.)     *       Phillips Petroleum Files SEC 10-Q Report-Note 2--Alaskan Acquisition.  In the first quarter of 2001, Phillips completed the acquisition of Atlantic Richfield Company's (ARCO) Alaskan businesses with the final settlement of all remaining post-closing issues with BP p.l.c.       *       Juneau Empire Special Report: "Refuge of Riches," by Bill McAllister     *     Yellowknife (Aug10/01), Northern News Services - Aboriginal groups can scrape together about $25 million of the $60 million they need to get a Mackenzie Valley pipeline off the ground, it was revealed here last week. … "We would have to raise a billion dollars, of which 30 per cent would have to be equity. The aboriginal people don't have that kind of money, but if all the aboriginal people coming together, we can ask the federal government to assist us," APG representative Wilf Blonde told the meeting. … A second pipeline proposal from Arctic Resources Corporation (ARC) says aboriginals can own the entire pipeline. That company had a public meeting similar to APG's in Fort Simpson two weeks ago.   ARC is promoting a pipeline through the Mackenzie Valley that would carry Alaska gas in addition to Canadian gas from the Beaufort Delta. … "ARC's proposal would not be financeable without significant backstopping," said a letter from Esso President K.C. Williams to APG chair Nellie Cournoyea. … Esso's parent company ExxonMobil is one of the main producers of Alaska gas. Esso representatives say that fact makes the pipeline issue "very complex" for the parent company and Esso subsidiary, and that so far Esso Canada is operating independently from ExxonMobil.  Esso's Randy Ottenbreit said ExxonMobil has not decided if it would support a proposal competing with the Mackenzie Valley project. The Alaska government is pushing for a pipeline along the Alaska Highway and through Yukon.     *     Fort Simpson, Northern News Services by Dan Sullivan-Deh Cho First Nations (DCFN) representative Dennis Nelner submitted his resignation Tuesday, even though the DCFN withdrew its support for the group back in May.

8/11:   Western Governors Conference, Coeur d'Alene, Id.--Premiers Pat Duncan (Yukon Territory) and Ralph Klein (Alberta) are invited to sit in with members of the Western Governors Conference today (8/12).  They are expected to discuss energy issues, including gas pipeline matters.  CBC       *       Gas Hovers around $3/MCF      *       MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian oil giants Yukos and Sibneft are teaming up to study offshore zones off the Arctic peninsula of Chukotka, across from Alaska, Sibneft officials said Thursday.         *          GLOBE & MAIL, Ottawa--The federal government is spending $3-million to study an Arctic deep-water port and all-weather road on the calving grounds of one of the continent's largest caribou herds, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press.  Although Canada has criticized U.S. President George W. Bush for favouring oil drilling in Alaska on the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd, which crosses into Yukon, the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs is considering construction on a similar range covered by the Bathurst herd in Nunavut.  "It does raise some significant issues about the consistency of federal policy," said Kevin O'Reilly of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee ... Ottawa, along with industry and Nunavut and Inuit organizations, developed the $6-million, three-year plan to study environmental and economic impacts. Ottawa is shouldering half the cost.  ... Building the road and the port is estimated to cost about $135-million. Construction could begin in 2004....        *           WHITEHORSE, YT , CBC- The dream of a Yukon-Alaska railroad to the"Lower 48" is still alive. Railroad executives and political leaders from both sides of the border met in Calgary this week, and Yukon MP Larry Bagnell said none of them laughed at the idea. ... "Alaska spends almost the price of the railway just in road maintenance in a year, so economically it's not out of the question," Bagnell pointed out. "And of course all the worlds major oil fields are served by railways." The railway would link Faibanks, Alaska with railheads in northern BC. Bagnell expects Canadian transport officials will begin official talks with Washington soon.


8/10:   Calgary Herald, by --Archie Dunham, the chief executive of Conoco Inc., has a message for aboriginal groups demanding 100 per cent ownership of a proposed Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline: No.  ... Dunham, who was in Calgary for the first time since signing the $9.8-billion takeover of Gulf Canada in May, spelled out the position while asserting that Conoco will be a much more active proponent of speedy development of Canadian Arctic gas than Gulf had been. ... Winter Lennie, a member of the Sahtu First Nation seeking complete native ownership for the pipeline, wasn't alarmed by the comments from the newest player in the renewed effort to develop the massive northern resource.  "It's a only a bargaining position," said Lennie, president of Western Arctic Energy Corp. in Norman Wells, N.W.T. (Note: Readers find it difficult to separate the apples from the oranges.  Dunham is referring primarily to a Mackenzie Delta-only project which taps Canadian gas.  Lennie's group has been primarily focused on Aboriginal ownership of the northern route system proposed by ARC to tap both Prudhoe Bay and Delta reserves.)        *       

dony-hbrown8-9-01.png donyoung4-crop.pngAlaska Congressman Don Young (Photo-left, 8-9-01), touring visiting colleagues around the state this week, met with media representatives yesterday at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel.  Young was optimistic about chances for full Congressional passage of ANWR provisions in the Energy Act.  He reported that this trip, as others before it, resulted in greater understanding of Alaska and its important issues like ANWR.  He said that even in a depressed economy, the country's oil requirement is increasing.  He criticized opponents of the recently House-passed Energy Act, now on its way to the Senate, who see conservation of energy as the best solution.  "You can't conserve yourself into self sufficiency," he said.  Of the proposed Gas Pipeline Act (i.e. copy available below), he told Northern Gas Pipelines that he remains open minded and, “…has not closed the door on it,” while continuing to express steadfast opposition to the northern route.  Asked about a possible scenario in which only a northern route were economic, and would he still oppose it, he replied, "Absolutely".  According to Young, the gas is "...extremely valuable to the people of Alaska, especially if ANWR doesn't go."   He spoke to the value added benefits of in-state use and a potential petrochemical industry.  "I fought the same battle in 1973.  I wanted a North-South route for the oil pipeline and the environmentalists wanted to take the oil to the Midwest by crossing what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Then it was an acceptable area to cross; now it is their 'Serengeti of the North'."  Asked about Alaska's deficit spending which could reach -$1 billion within 5 years, Young said, "Alaska is spending money but not creating sufficient new wealth.  We need new projects such as the gas pipeline could deliver."  Accompanying Young was Congressman Henry E. Brown of South Carolina who remarked afterward that, "Don's concerned about his own people having gas.  This is a beautiful country but it needs infrastructure to support the quality of life the people desire."  lloydjoneshappy.png

(Photos: upper right-Brown invites Alaskans to experience southern hospitality and catfish at the Dock Restaurant in Monks Corner, near Charleston; former Alaska legislator Lloyd Jones-lower right, now with Young's House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, helps host the visiting Congressmen and says his committee will be involved in gas pipeline safety issues.)

8/9:  new-red.gifGAS PIPELINE LEGISLATION DRAFT MATERIAL.  Late yesterday, this office received copies of two draft documents now being circulated in Washington and Alaska: "Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act of 2001", and an associatedpipelineact11.png Background Paper, which we offer for your review.  These drafts were prepared by the Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team which is in the midst of a $75 million plus research effort to determine if any North Slope gas transportation system is feasible at this time and, if so, which route should be undertaken.  The result of that highly expedited, one year research effort is expected by January.  Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the "Securing America's Future Energy Act of 2001"(See our 8/1 report).  This month, the Senate Energy Committee staff will be preparing a Senate draft version of the Act which could be moved out of committee in September or October, in time for full Senate action and possible conference committee resolution of differences before Congress takes its holiday break.  Accordingly, if any legislation were needed to support timely movement of a gas pipeline project, the time for effecting any change is with the Senate now, since the House has generally completed its energy business for the year.  Readers will note several interesting dynamics at work here.  First, the producers regard the concepts embodied in the draft Pipeline Act critical for a number of reasons, generally outlined in the background paper.    Second, the House version of the Energy Act contains a provision which would foreclose on one of the routing options the producers are considering (i.e. northern route).  Energy Committee hearings are sure to focus on the contradictory nature of a Pipeline Act which gives an opening for either route and the House's Energy Act which precludes one route.  Third, some believe no pipeline legislation is necessary for the southern route which was addressed with passage of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Act of 1976.  Fourth, as we reported (i.e. See Policy Council report, 8/2), various Governor's Alaska Highway Natural Gas Pipeline Policy Council members believe the Pipeline Act "greases the skids" for a northern route, wish to review it in detail and make recommendations to the Governor.  Those recommendations could go beyond commenting on the draft and extend into submitting provisions which they believe may be needed to protect state interests.  Contributing to this already extensive dialogue will be the Alaska State Legislature's Joint Committee on Gas Pipelines, scheduled to meet next week and take the matter up with Governor Knowles' Washington representatives and others.  The chairman of the committee, Senator John Torgerson, wrote an Alaska bill, SB 164 (passed and signed into law), also discouraging a northern route.  Fifth, as the Pipeline Act draft progresses, expect Foothills Pipe Lines, Ltd., beneficiaries of the 1976 legislation, to weigh in.  Arctic Resources Company, independently promoting a northern route, will have an opinion.  Since the northern route is the only option they are promoting, they cannot proceed if the Beaufort routing ban version of the House Energy Act is adopted.  While the draft Pipeline Act would at least appear to give the northern route equal footing with a southern route, ARC may object to certain requirements.  Then, Sixth, there is Canada.  While Yukon Territory Premier Pat Duncan has applauded the House's Energy Act banning the northern route, Northwest Territories Premier Stephen Kakfwi has strongly criticized the measure, as have certain Federal Canadian officials.  With NAFTA and numerous relationships existing between the two countries--each the other's largest trading partner--it is possible that the Gas Pipeline Act and related energy package ultimately will be influenced by understandings reached between President Bush and Prime Minister Chrétien.  -dh       *       Northern News Services, by Mike W. Bryant, YELLOWKNIFE-- ... A big item on (Premier Stephen) Kakfwi's agenda at the (Premiers) conference was to shore up support for building the Mackenzie Valley pipeline.  Kakfwi was eager to convince other premiers that putting the pipeline through the territory, as opposed to following the Alaska Highway, is the best option for all Canadians.  "The premiers will support a construction of pipeline projects that provide significant benefits to Northern people and Canadians," Kakfwi said. "It's a statement of support, I think, for taking Canadian gas to the market first before American gas."        *        National Post, by Claudia Cattaneo, CALGARY -  ... Mr. (Archie) Dunham (Conoco's CEO) said he would like to see the timetable for the Mackenzie Delta project cut by at least two years, with a goal of starting to move gas in four to six years, rather than the six to eight years currently envisioned. He said he has made the project the No. 1 priority of Henry Sykes, the new president of Conoco Canada.     "I cannot imagine a politician in Canada agreeing to a pipeline that [is not open to] Mackenzie Delta gas," said Mr. Dunham, who described himself as a big supporter of George W. Bush, the U.S. President, and a personal friend of Dick Cheney, the Vice-President. He also said he has a strong relationships with federal and provincial officials in Canada, as well as with Alaska's governor and fellow native Oklahoman, Tony Knowles.     "We are going to use all those relationships to try and accelerate the pipeline schedule," he said. "I think there is going to be room for compromise, it's going to be a political issue. It will be settled politically and the producers are going to be very supportive," Mr. Dunham said. He said Conoco wants to own a piece of any pipeline transporting its gas....

8/8 CBC:  WHITEHORSE, YT - … Curtis Thayer (representing the Alaskan Gas Producers Pipeline Team) . … says a provision in the energy bill bars any pipeline under the Beaufort Sea - the so-called over the top route. Thayer says that provision makes the group's job harder. "For example," he said, "If somebody banned a southern route that does not mean we're going to build a northern route.  Right now we have to look at both routes, keep our options open, see where the cost differences are and make a decision based on the market." … Thayer understands politicians want to ensure benefits for their constituents. … We would rather let the market decide what route we go and that a line be built. But like I said, there's no guarantee a line's going to be built, today." And Thayer says a pipeline is even less likely if route options are taken away.  (See our earlier editorials.  -dh)          *        TORONTO STAR, by Alison Blackduck--  ...  Every time there's some sort of industrial development proposed in lands occupied or used extensively by indigenous people, the `Vanishing Indian' makes a special guest appearance in the news media.  ... From what I've been reading, you'd think the Gwich'in will disappear from the face of the Earth as soon as the first drill bit hits refuge soil.  You'd think the expectant mothers of the 130,000 strong Porcupine caribou herd will get so flummoxed by the flurry of industrial activity happening on their calving grounds that they'll forget how to give birth.  I doubt either doomsday scenario will happen.  (Note:  This is an outstanding commentary, worth reading.  All Alaska Native and Canadian Aboriginal friends this author has known, love the land and the creatures of it.   They walk a delicate path with the need for culture and subsistence on this side and the need for education and some material comfort on that side.  The great indigenous leaders remembered by history will be those who courageously walk the path: protecting and savoring tradition while professionally manipulating corporate strategy.  -dh)

8/7:   CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY MONITOR, 7-24:  By Ted Monoson, CQ Staff Writer:  ...  "The Highway Men".    The Alaska congressional delegation and environmentalists support the southern or highway route, which travels 1,982 miles from Prudhoe Bay south to Fairbanks, Alaska, and then toward Edmonton. This route would parallel the Alaska Highway.  ...    Adam Kolton, a project coordinator at the Alaska Wilderness League who has been butting heads with (Cong. Don Young) over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, praised the amendment. Kolton described the northern route as "environmentally risky" and said it would threaten the refuge. He noted that because the southern route parallels the Alaska Highway, it would cause less environmental damage.  ...  The amendment upset Forrest Hoglund, chairman and CEO of Arctic Resources Company, which wants to build the northern route.  "If common sense prevails, we'll get this removed," Hoglund said. "We're ready, willing and able to have the projects compared."  Hoglund said the northern route would be cheaper to build because it is shorter. He said a pipeline under the Beaufort Sea would not threaten the environment.  "I don't think this amendment is good energy policy," Hoglund said. "We should allow projects to succeed or fail on their merits."  Although Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, D, supports the southern route, his Washington, D.C. spokesman, John Katz, emphasized that the governor played no role in the amendment.  "There's a little bit of concern about how this will all play out with Canada," Katz said.       *          GLOBE & MAIL, By STEVEN CHASE, OTTAWA -- Northwest Territories Premier Stephen Kakfwi (Photo, right) blasted as "protectionist" a bill passed by the U.S. House ofpremier stephen kakfwi.jpg Representatives that effectively prevents linking a future Alaska natural gas pipeline to a line in the Northwest Territories.  "It flies in the face of everything America stands for: free enterprise, free trade, that sort of hogwash," Mr. Kakfwi said.   ...  Curtis Thayer, a spokesman for the Alaskan gas owners, ExxonMobil Corp., BP PLC and Phillips Petroleum Co., warned the federal legislation amendment, as well as a similar legislative ban introduced in the Alaskan state legislature, is threatening the entire enterprise.   ...  The bill comes as natural gas prices slump and questions are being raised about the feasibility of northern pipelines.  "We're trying to determine the most economically viable route and if the [Alaskan] Highway route is not economically viable, then the project doesn't get built."  Pat Duncan, Premier of the NWT's neighbouring Yukon territory, applauded the amendment that banned the suggested "over-the-top" route. ... FirstEnergy Capital Corp. analyst John Mawdsley said the amendment "makes an even stronger case" against an "over-the-top" route and makes it all the more likely that separate lines will have to be constructed for Alaskan and northern Canadian gas.       *       Congressman Don Young's office sent Northern Gas Pipelines this message yesterday:  "The Daschle-led Senate cannot not have an energy bill.  And then of course if they pass an energy bill and they can't get ANWR in it, we're going to go to conference and I'll just about assure you that if we go to conference it's going to be in there.  Because I'm going to put it in there if they want an energy bill.  [If] they don't want an energy bill, fine.  They're going to have to carry that cross.  And that's going to be tough.  The public wants an energy bill." (Note: An informed Washington D.C. source told Northern Gas Pipelines today that the northern route exclusion will not go in the Senate version of the bill and that, indeed, the provision will be inserted during Conference Committee deliberations.  -dh)      *      NEW YORK TIMES:  Stakeholders disagreeing on Millenium Pipeline: "Opposition to the plan has loosely linked conservationists, state officials, suburban homeowners and Seneca Indians, and even prompted a rare robintaylor.gifmeeting of the supervisors of 10 towns along the route in Westchester last month. It has made strange bedfellows of environmentalists and their usual nemesis, Consolidated Edison. And it has generated a litany of complaints and fears, from concerns about its safety and its effects on soil, drinking water, Lake Erie and the Hudson to claims that it would discriminate against the minority neighborhood here at the pipeline's end."       *       ALASKA DIGEST E-MAIL NEWS, 8/6-12: Alaska State Senator Robin Taylor (Photo, left) expresses his continuing support for an "All Alaska" LNG project in this editorial.  (Comment: One Poll demonstrates that a majority of Alaskans favor a project with high Alaska content and share the good Senator's sentiment.  Since El Paso's initiative in the 1970s, many have believed that someday foreign and/or domestic markets will wish to make long term price and volume commitments for Alaska LNG, at a sufficient price, and that investors will be able to project an acceptable rate of return for such a project.  -dh)    

On Thursday (8-2-01) the Governor’s Alaska Highway Natural Gas Pipeline Policy Council met in Juneau.  Sessions in the morning and early afternoon covered work of several committees, followed by a brief business meeting and public testimony.  new-red.gifPlease see our detailed report here See Anchorage Daily News, AP Story, here.

8/6:   FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER (OPINION)--Any friends we may have in the Yukon--which would be bypassed by the Mackenzie pipeline scheme--should be enlisted to spread the word concerning the benefits of international gas line cooperation.  (Please see comment below re: "cooperation".)     *      YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, CBC -...Arctic Power is funded by the state of Alaska to promote oil development.  Roger Herrera, the group's coordinator, says last minute amendments helped.... "I suppose, basically itgwitchin1.png won't be much different than the one we waged on the House, and that was one, primarily, of education. I mean our theory has always been that, if the member who is voting knows enough of the hard, factual information about the issue, then he or she is much more likely to accept the logic of developing the area." Meanwhile, Yukon Premier Pat Duncan is not pleased with the decision U.S. House of Representatives. "First of all, I expressed my personal profound disappointment at thepremierduncan1.png vote have indicated that all is not loss in the sense that this has yet to go the senate, and I called upon Canada and the Northwest Territories also to support and to continue to support the Gwitchin in their efforts as we have done in continuing their lobbying efforts. (sic.)" (Comment: readers may note issue complexity and some irony:  Alaska Gwich'in oppose North Slope village residents and Alaska's position on ANWR; Yukon government financially supports Yukon Gwich'in opposition to ANWR; Alaska government supports Arctic Power; 39% of Porcupine caribou herd calves died this spring of natural causes, many other adults perished in riverherrerahood.png crossings; Prudhoe Bay caribou populations have increased since 1970s in human-protected environment; Alaska supports Yukon on highway pipeline southern route;  Alaska, Yukon and North Slope residents side with environmental advocates opposing ANWR-adjacent northern gas pipeline route; environmental community withholds support for southern route and opposes Alaska and North Slope residents on ANWR..  While some decision makers are identifying the big picture of these linking issues, one suggests that ultimate, successful pipeline routing and ANWR decisions can only be achieved in a cooperative atmosphere involving mediation of major stakeholder interests...and realistic compromise.  Continuing disagreement and intransigence will likely produce greatest success for constituencies advocating limited northern development.   -dh     Photos: Premier Duncan, left; Gwich'in Steering Committee representative, Faith Gemmill of Arctic Village, Ak., above; Roger Herrera, red tie, and Teamsters representative Jerry Hood, right)       *       JOINT COMMITTEE ON GAS PIPELINES meets in Fairbanks, August 14-15: Senator John Torgerson, Chair; Representative Joe Green, Vice-Chair.  Presentations include Department of Revenue: State's role in gas pipeline financing; Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: permits, orders, findings and oil recovery; Department of Law: legal questions; Legislative Counsel: legal questions; Joint Pipeline Office: Memoranda of Understanding; Congressional report; John Katz, Special Counsel to the Governor: Canadian position and US Legislation; Robert Loeffler: FERC, tarriff, regulatory issues; FERC questions; Alaska Regulatory Commission: authority of FERC/ARC; Natural Gas Policy Council update; Department of Revenue: tax issues; Cambridge Energy: market conditions; Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids Co. overview; Producer analysis; Foothills Pipe Lines, Ltd. analysis.     *     "How the New Energy Policy Could Affect Alaska", US Senator Frank Murkowski, Commonwealth North, Friday, August 24, Noon, Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage (907) 276--6350.     *     WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CBC - Governments in the Yukon are proposing six new regional offices. They would assess development in the territory. The regional offices are part of proposed new legislation released late Thursday. The plan's negotiators say the legislation will reduce red tape for developers.

8/4-5 Weekend:  This week, non-oil industry sources told Northern Gas Pipelines that new technology is making the gas-to-liquid (GTL) natural gas conversion process increasingly viable.  Companies are achieving breakthroughs in reducing cost of production for this 'clean diesel'.  Leading energy companies--some with Alaskan and Mackenzie Delta operations--are developing/improving new technologies.  Several new GTL plant construction projects could be initiated within 3 years.  One major attraction of GTL conversion is that it enables stranded gas reserves to be transported to market through existing oil pipelines, avoiding complexities attending the permitting, regulation and operation of new gas pipelinegov'sconf.png systems.  This news caused us to review substance of presentations delivered during the 6th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium convened at the spectacular Alyeska Prince Hotel property in Girdwood, Alaska from June 17-23, 2001.  We summarized several key presentations for your evaluation,new-red.gif here on our GTL page under the "History" tab.     *     JUNEAU--Governor Tony Knowles attended his Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council public hearing and subcommittee meetings in Juneau Thursday, at the Baranof Hotel.  Northern Gas Pipelines is preparing a full report, scheduled for release  by 12 p.m. ADT, on Monday (Photo-Knowles obtaining National Governors Conference 'highway route support', early 2001).   

8/3:  Financial Post by Claudia Cattaneo, CALGARY - Two of Canada's largest pipeline companies are stepping up pressure on the federal government to "show leadership" and resolve native issues if it wants to see development of Mackenzie Delta natural gas, otherwise it risks falling behind a competing project in Alaska.  In private meetings this week with federal cabinet ministers and senior government officials, executives with Westcoast Energy Inc. and TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. said development of Northern gas reserves cannot proceed unless Ottawa resolves outstanding aboriginal land claims, and plays a role in ensuring native communities derive long-term benefits from resource development, such as supporting equity participation in a pipeline development...."The federal government will need to step in and show some leadership and will have to make some progress on resolving some of these outstanding issues if pipeline development up the [Mackenzie] Valley is going to proceed. I see no other way," said Mike Stewart with Westcoast executive and co-chief executive of Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd., who attended the meeting....Imperial met with the Deh Cho this week to help them get a better understanding of the agreement, said spokesman Pius Rolheiser. He said the company still hopes to get native backing by the end of the year.  "We have said from the outset that the full support of the aboriginal people of the North is essential to a Mackenzie Valley pipeline project and we haven't wavered from that position," he said....Mr. Stewart said that 7-18-01foothills2.pngif the government were successful in getting aboriginals on side, the Mackenzie Valley pipeline could be built in advance of the Alaska route.  "It's an easier project. It's smaller. It's US$2-billion, versus US$8-billion to US$10-billion. It is easier pipe-planning country," he said.  Photo-above: D. Michael G. Stewart, Executive Vice President, Westcoast Energy Inc. (right) with John R. Ellwood, Vice President, Engineering and Operations of Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. (middle) joined by Dennis McConaghy, Executive Vice President for Gas Development, TransCanada PipeLines, Ltd. (Photo-left) at meeting last month in Anchorage.   See 7-11 story, 7/21-22 story Archives,         *       WASHINGTON, D.C. (ARC STATEMENT)--"One of the major, yet politically motivated amendments tagged onto the Saving America’s Future Energy Act passed ... by the House of Representatives will actually reduce natural gas supplies to the lower 48, increase the cost of energy to U.S. consumers and damage one of our most important energy trading partners – Canada.  The amendment, which attempts to legislate a market decision on an Alaskan pipeline route, caught many in the energy sector by surprise.  Forrest Hoglund, President and CEO of Arctic Resources Company (ARC) stated, 'The Tauzin Amendment in the current Energy Bill is one of the most blatant political moves ....'"  (FULL TEXT HERE)      *       premier ralph klein1ANCHORAGE--The Alaska Support Industry Alliance urges citizens to make their ANWR views known on this Netscape poll.  When Northern Gas Pipelines checked, the results were split 50-50.     *        VICTORIA, CBC - Premier Ralph Klein (Photo-left) says he's pleased with an energy agreement reached by provincial leaders. …  "I say that because the provinces, as you know, are the owners of the resource," says Klein. "Whether it is electricity or coal or oil and gas, we own the resources and we should be involved in the shaping of any policy relative to the marketing of those resources or any policy that affects those resources."      *    CBC--On another matter, Premier Pat Duncan says Alberta premier Ralph Klein supports her vision of the north, and the need for two natural gas pipelines.   Premier Klein also noted at the table that Alberta supports and his belief that two pipelines should go."

8/2:  WASHINGTON, D.C.--Arctic Resources Company (ARC, proponent of the 'Northern Route') just released its critical response to the Energy Bill, passed by the house early this morning.  Look for their full statement in tomorrow morning's news.  -dh     *      WHITEHORSE, YUKON - The premier of Yukon is asking her colleagues at the premiers' conference in Victoria to support two natural gas pipelines in Canada's north. Pat Duncan (Photo) wants the pipeline carrying Alaskan Prudhoe Bay gas to follow the Alaska Highway through her territory.      *     ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Yesterday the Bureau of Land Management Joint Pipeline Office (BLM-JPO) announced the start of a 60-day scoping period for preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on renewal of the right-of-way for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).  (Complete information available here.)      *      ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, by Liz Ruskin--The U.S. House of Representatives passed an energy bill early today that includes opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.    WASHINGTON POST, by Eric Pianin and Juliet Eilperin--The House early today approved major portions of President Bush's plan to stimulate energy production, endorsing billions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives for energy producers as well as a limited version of his proposal to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.  See related release here.         *     (Note:  Alaska Rep. Don Young celebrated the vote as a triumph for the state of Alaska and thedondavespg00crop.png American people.  "This is a great victory for Alaska.  We know we can explore for oil in a responsible and environmentally safe way.  We already know the wildlife can coexist with safe development.  This will help America's energy supply, it will help Native Alaskans who live in the region and it will create American jobs all over the country.  This is a win-win situation.  The whole nation will come out ahead because of this vote tonight," Young said.  Photo-Young, right at Challenger Learning Center's Kenai, Ak. opening with author, Spring 2000.)  *     HOUSTON CHRONICLE, by David Ivanovich--The Republican-led House passed a massive energy bill early today that would allow oil companies to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.      *       NEW YORK TIMES, by Lizette Alvarez--In the most dramatic vote of the evening, the House voted to allow oil and gas drilling on a 2,000-acre swath of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, a crushing defeat for environmentalists who have lobbied extensively to protect the area from exploration. Mr. Bush turned drilling in the refuge into a pillar of his energy plan, arguing that searching for oil and protecting the environment are compatible.    *      WHITEHORSE STAR, by Chuck Tobin--Anderson Exploration has kick started its plan to return offshore drilling to the Beaufort Sea.  …   Anderson spokesman Heather Taylor said the company intends to launch the 67-metre Geco Snapper on its seismic cruise sometime between now and Aug. 15.  Taylor said there is everything from old drill pipe to abandoned bulldozers lying on the bottom of the Beaufort, and possibly other remnants of the 1970s’ and 1980s’ boom like what’s left of old drilling islands that the company wants to avoid.   “We are mainly looking for hazards,” she said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Calgary. “We just don’t want the seismic vessel running into anything.”    *       ANCHORAGE, Ak., Northern Gas Pipelines —The Northern Forum’s Deputy Director told membership of the World Trade Center-Alaska (WTCA) yesterday that its 24 member regions include the four regions with interest the northern gas pipeline routes but that the group has not yet engaged itself in the route selection process.  “The growing focus of the Forum is on economic peter-priscilla8-01-01crop.pngand business development,” said Priscilla Wohl, “and sometime in the future it could serve in the role of ‘facilitator’ to promote a more friendly and productive dialogue around such divisive issues which could ultimately lead to consensus.  (Photo: Wohl was introduced by United Parcel Service International Manager-Alaska, Peter Nieuwland, WTCA Boardmember.)  Increasingly, we will be moving to this sort of significant issue,” she said.  Wohl told her audience that a 19-21 September meeting in Edmonton will bring together government leaders from most of the circumpolar regions, together with large delegations of business leaders.  One panel, she said, will discuss northern natural resources and economic development issues; “In that exchange,” she said, “ conferees will identify ways in which regional governments can influence national policies."  Alaska, the Yukon Territory and other northern governments have much in common with respect to their Federal government relationships, she said.   The Northern Forum is a non-profit international organization composed of twenty-four members representing twenty-eight sub national or regional governments from ten northern countries.  Contact: (907) 561-3280,     -dh         *      Gov. Tony Knowles and members of the Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council will hold a public hearing and subcommittee meetings in Juneau today, at the Baranof Hotel.  The Alaska Hire/Buy/Build subcommittee and the Federal/International Action subcommittee will meet from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Environmental Considerations subcommittee and the Access to Instate Gas and Future Opportunities subcommittee will meet from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. The full council will hold a short business meeting from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. The public hearing will begin at 4:00 p.m. and run to 6:00 p.m. The council has already held public hearings in Fairbanks, Kenai, Tok, Barrow, and Anchorage. The last scheduled public hearing is in Valdez on August 23.  (Information: Erika McConnell at (907) 269-0346.)     *    

8/1 Securing America's Future Energy Act of 2001, H.R. 4, Comes to the House Floor.  Washington, DC-U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) today made the following statement: "Comprehensive national energy legislation is a priority of the President and of the House Republican Leadership.  Seven committees have produced a balanced package, which includes a provision to allow exploration for energy resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  This is an important provision, which will help America become more energy independent.  Keeping this provision in this legislation is a priority of mine and of the House Republican leadership."      *     WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska Congressman Don Young said he planned to rally the troops for today's anticipated vote to open environmentally responsible oil exploration in the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  "Oil exploration on Alaska's North Slope is already the safest, cleanest, most environmentally responsible production in the world.  If we say no to exploration in ANWR, we are saying yes to destructive methods that occur in other countries, especially in the Middle East.  ... The indigenous Inupiat Eskimos who live on the North Slope were originally opposed to exploration near their home, for fear of how it would affect their quality of life and the fish and game which they depend on to survive.  ... More than 700,000 jobs could be created throughout the U.S. through development of the 1002 Area.  ... Last spring, labor leaders, including Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, Maritime Trades Department President Michael Sacco and Building and Construction Trades Department President Edward Sullivan sent a letter to Members on Capitol Hill urging that the 1002 Area be opened.       *     (See Teamster article: "A vote for exploration of Alaska's National Wildlife7-31-01hoodanwr.jpg Refuge (ANWR) is a vote for environmental responsibility, Jerry Hood (Photo), a Teamsters leader from Alaska, said during a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday, July 31, 2001. "  See our labor/ANWR story featuring Hood.)       *     JUNEAU, Ak.--Tony Knowles has written all 435 members of Congress urging their support of an ANWR provision to meet the national energy needs.  "On Wednesday, you will cast a vote critical to a well-balanced national energy policy," Knowles said.  "Declining oil production on the North Slope of Alaska is a key factor in America's decreasing domestic oil supply. The best prospect for replacing this production is the oil believed to lie beneath a small portion of ANWR - up to 16 billion barrels of recoverable oil."          *     NEW YORK TIMES--Jerry Hood, a special assistant on energy to Teamster President James P. Hoffa, said opening up the refuge would create 25,000 jobs for Teamster members and 750,000 jobs nationwide — an alluring prospect to some members.  "I'm a Democrat," said Mr. Hood at a news conference with Republicans. "I'm a Teamster and I'm an Alaskan. Like my dad said, `You can't pick your relatives, but you can pick your friends.' "        *     WASHINGTON, Oil & Gas Journal Online, by Maureen Lorenzetti--... Despite (Majority Whip Tom) DeLay's rhetoric, Republican Party leaders acknowledge privately that a powerful coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans will make it difficult for the ANWR provision to remain in the bill. Fuel efficiency standards have also become a touchpoint for lawmakers eager to show that they are not as "probusiness" as the White House has been perceived on green issues.  ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, Liz Ruskin-- "We've communicated with Dear Colleague' letters from our general president," Hood said. "Our local union leaders and rank-and-file members have communicated with members of Congress. We've had fliers going up on the Hill on the subject. It's just been an all-out effort."     *       WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several Alaskans appeared today (7-11) before the full Committee on Resources to testify on behalf of H.R. 2436 – The Energy Security Act.  The bill was formally introduced yesterday and has been referred to the Resources Committee.  Roger C. Herrera of Arctic Power joined Richard Glenn, Vice President of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and Jerry Hood of Alaska’s Teamsters on the witness stand.  Interior Secretary Gale Norton was the panel’s lead witness.  (Balance of story here, in Extended News.)        *     WHITEHORSE STAR--Northwest Endorses Minister Scott Kent's Pipeline Plan (Our story 7-2001 Archives, 7/31)



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